March 01, 2007

Paris Fashion Week FW07 Wrapup I

Yay! It's Paris time. Paris is really where creative force of fashion is, although one must be actually interested and open-minded about fashion to appreciate this kind of fashion. On we go...


Balenciaga
THE show that we've been all waiting for. OK, so at first glance it wasn't as stunning as the FW06 collection or as directional and cool as the SS07 collection, but after looking over the photos many times, I am in love with this collection, which is odd coming from me considering I usually hate any folk-feeling clothes. There is SO much to love and learn from this collection -stare at the photos many times for awhile and you'll get what I mean. Maybe I'm biased because the a large part of the collection feels so young and has got that effortless-styled look.
Scarves were the accessory of the collection. There were so many different designs and ways they were used to style an outfit. With the folk-looking dresses, the scarves were wrapped around the models; with the more military looks, the scarves had gold and royal red strands spread out from the scarf, set out like a handkerchief at the neck; and then there are the simple scarves.
There were many folk-printed or seemingly tie-dyed dresses. Not usually my style since this kind of dresses are usually just bright and cheap looking, but I can't stop looking at these, especially the brilliant yellow one (in the middle). Maybe the reason I'm loving these folk dresses is because of the styling -grey stockings and cool sandals.
More to take note: bright blue stockings, skinny sports pants. That outfit in the middle is just way cool. Love all the layers and simple colours.


Christian Dior
OK, I'm probably in the minority in this, but I'm not a big fan of this show. Yes, I can appreciate the idea of going back to the 60s and making everything very original and vintage Christian Dior. Everything was absolutely beautiful; it was like a ready-to-wear version of the much-loved haute couture show.
Fur coats. Some huge and swinging, others were furry at the hems and more body-fitting.
The show did start off with some real-life (for more mature women) clothes.
Then there were many and many gorgeous dresses and party hats.
Look through the show, it's like all the colours are there. The purple dress Lily Cole is wearing is one of my favourites from the show.
This black and white dress is another one of my favourite.

BUT, what is the fashion direction; what is the show trying to say? At the end, I just can't get myself excited or inspired by anything from this show.


Viktor & Rolf
OK, so the reviews I (and all of you) have read so far from websites have so far, gone on and on about how worried the fashion editors were worried about the models, and feared that they would just tumble down the runway. To be honest, I didn't find the whole concept too shocking -remember that horrible sleeping-in-the-bed concept from a few seasons ago?
OK, those clogs are just hideous, absolutely horrendous. But try to look past the clogs, and the lights, if you can...
and you'll see that there are actually some pretty prints there.

Anyways, I'm off to stare at the Balenciaga collection again. Hope you have as much fun as I am!
Photo source: Style.com

19 Comments:

Blogger The Shopping Nerd said...

Hmm...I thought the Balenciaga show was WAY more all over the place than Dior.

3/01/2007 10:43 AM  
Blogger Barneys Girl said...

I don't think I can ever get around to appreciating the Balenciaga collection. I can't even find a word to describe it, its just simply not my style.

and for the V&R show. . . the fashion editors should be worried. The models are already malnourished and they're adding that contraption?? What were they thinking?

3/01/2007 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Balenciaga is quite interesting. I'm not sure what I like about it, but it's cool!

3/01/2007 2:08 PM  
Anonymous mimi said...

the v&r would have been cool if the models were still and the audience walked around them :)

3/01/2007 5:12 PM  
Blogger ENID P. said...

I think V&R are geniuses for having the models come out like that. I didn't care that moch for the collection.

ENID P.

3/02/2007 1:03 AM  
Blogger Will It Work said...

The Balenciaga pair with jacket and pants is really very cool and urban. I like it! Totally agree the blues are coming out and the strong color balances the more decorative tops.

Yeah, the Dior dress worn by Lily Cole is sweet!

A lot of the design fashion though is very encouraging... I could actually imagine wearing some of those on a real world basis!

3/02/2007 1:09 AM  
Anonymous brenny said...

i love the dior collection
and Viktor&Rolf is pretty sweet!

3/02/2007 2:00 AM  
Anonymous Kate said...

I agree with you on Balenciaga. I'm somewhat new to the runways fashions and FW06 Balenciaga was the first collection I really noticed, it was beyond HC. This collection is HC too.
Christian Dior was pretty but not my style, John Galliano is far from my favorite designer.

3/02/2007 5:09 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

The Viktor & Rolf presentation is such an inspiration. I hope more designers experiment with their presentations in this way in the near future :)

3/02/2007 7:56 AM  
Anonymous brenny said...

i really like that pink blazer from Balenciaga

3/02/2007 10:11 PM  
Blogger NYC Fashionista said...

Love the Viktor & Rolf show. It's weird but eye catching. I love the close up details on style.com.

3/03/2007 2:39 AM  
Anonymous eclair said...

I love Nicholas Ghesquiere, I think it's just amazing in how short a time he has been able to make Balenciaga one of THE fashion houses again. I love all of the blazers in this collection, and the jodphurs - though I probably couldn't get away with them myself - and oh, the shoes again!

3/03/2007 4:50 AM  
Anonymous Tina said...

That post was unintelligible. It's not like you have to hire a copy editor, just READ OVER WHAT YOU'VE WRITTEN before publishing it. What if a potential employer looks at your blog?
"...have read so far from websites have so far, gone on and on about how worried the fashion editors were worried..."

3/03/2007 5:09 AM  
Anonymous modelingnews said...

Had PETA been better prepared, they could have had two "Christian" shows to unleash naked protesters on.

3/03/2007 1:09 PM  
Blogger Luwalira said...

Wow. The christian Dior show was remarkably special. The dresses were stikingly beautiful

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